Future goals challenge police


We were impressed by newly appointed Police Chief David Collins’ comments as he outlined future departmental goals with a renewed focus on community police work.

Along with Deputy Chief Cheyenne Schoff, the chief says he’s been “pretty busy” as the department strives to implement its latest projects.

Recruiting new officers and reaching out to other local police agencies and community groups to build up new and to repair some old relationships are among priorities.

Collins said he’s also focusing on building back the relationship between the department and Rome’s chapter of the NAACP. Collins himself was part of a recent reading event at Jervis Library to celebrate Black History Month. Collins is the first Black police chief in the department. Reaching out to the city’s youth is another plan going forward, Collins said.

Connecting with the Utica Police and drawing up ideas from Rome police internally will help the RPD to re-evaluate what it wants to do and how to do it, the chief said.

Collins said he is looking forward to “old-fashioned community-oriented policing.”

These are just some of the new chief’s ambitious plans that Romans can look forward to in the future.


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